Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
The Perfect World Meets The Perfect Assassin
400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux, the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.
This is like a film that would be played, on mute, in the background during a party at your weird friend's house while he plays Ministry on a CD-R and some guy named Trevor talks about how he hates his job at Best Buy.
Film #30 of "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #16: A cyberpunk film!
Let's get this straight...this film pulls off many incredible feats.
1) Adapts an iconic cartoon TV show into an incredible work of art.
2) Completely nails the look and feel and even the quiet brooding mood of the original material. The worldbuilding captured here is remarkable.
3) If you haven't watched the original series, the storyline renders an adaptation impossible. It is virtually unfilmable as a feature film. Not anymore.
4) Darn near perfect casting across the board anchored by a perfect characterization of Aeon herself by Charlize Theron. How come no one talks about this film when talking about her career?
5) The storyline…
Taking place in a future where a walled city contains the remnants of humanity, Karyn Kusama's "Aeon Flux" is a bland science fiction epic. Lacking the personality and punch necessary to engage, the film sports a compelling heroine played by Charlize Theron but does not do anything interesting with her. Laborious at times, the anime-inspired film rates as watchable though it generates very little that would rate as memorable.
The narrative is built around a future society where a rebellion quietly bubbles up against the ruling class. Theron's Aeon Flux is the chosen one whose skills and talents will spearhead the tide against those in power. It is a future-world hero quest, and, though it refreshingly features a woman hero,…
Logan's Run meets Zardoz with Charlize Theron kicking some major butt and somehow it still manages to be boring.
Nothing ground breaking but I can't say I had a bad time watching it. I think that is mostly due to Charlize Theron carrying the movie and the fun style. I'd put it in the same category as the Underworld and Resident Evil movies, strong female leads that are fun to watch but with scripts written by hacks.
Does a great job of replicating the pervy bio-organic weirdness of the cartoon, with vaguely vaginal poison dart-shooting security fruit, spies passing sensitive stolen technologies with their tongues, or Sophie Okonedo's hand-feet. But it was probably a mistake to try to manufacture a decipherable plot out of what was always an intentionally narratively baffling feat of imaginative futurist design and impossible animated acrobatics. There's just too much talking and explaining, and what should be carried off with alluring silence instead seems like intentional camp. That's not necessarily bad, but unfortunately Kusama's action has been sliced to ribbons for a PG-13, and in the occasional instance when it's not, you get bland stuff like Charlize spinning in place with a machine gun, and so most of what was lithe and visceral in the source material ends up a generic blur here.
The action sequences and Goodchild are unconvincing and most everything else about the movie is bad, the edits, the architecture, the art direction etc.
Why I watched this one? Big Charlize Theron fan....and this is one of her movies that I had not seen. This makes the 24th Theron movie that I have seen.
What is this one about? Aeon Flux (Theron) is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government. When she is sent on a mission to kill the Chairman, a whole new mystery is found.
My thoughts on this one? Visually this is an impressive movie. Story wise this movie is a mess. More background information on Aeon Flux would have greatly helped the movie. Many times the movie either does things....or Aeon does things....and nothing is explained. Frances McDormand's entire role is…
The world doesn't make sense, and the physics are laughable, but a visual marvel. (Speed Racer is another movie like this that I vouch for, but is much better.)
Æon Flux is a deeply flawed film but I can't help to like it. Karyn Kusama was forced to let the studio handle the editing of the film, changing it into an incoherent mess, only for them to bring her back again to produce something watchable out of it. The film looks absolutely gorgeous, and Charlize Theron proves that she's an exceptionally magnetic performer, breathing life into a character that needs a very strong presence to make any kind of impact. It's like there's a fascinating film lurking beneath the rather dull one we're being presented, and that conflict is evident on the screen even if you didn't knew anything about the troubled production process. I really hope that a Director's Cut will be available someday.
They spent a lot of time creating a world but seem to have forgotten to include an interesting story or even some good action. Flips and cartwheels in slow motion just don't do it for me. Weird thing is, there was a kind of interesting mystery element but they pretty much solve that a long time before the movie ends and we're left with people running around for another half an hour. Still, some of the sets/costumes/hairstyles are pretty and the solved-too-early mystery had me intrigued, plus Charlize is always watchable.
Box office $ 52.3 million
I did watch some of the animated series that precedes this, but I can't be claimed to have really followed it, so I honestly don't have a basis of comparison. From what I understand, it's better and/or much more complicated than the movie. Throughout watching, I didn't really dislike this, not as such... it certainly has its moments, and tends to entertain. The plot isn't horrible, and has an idea or two of interest... it does come off a bit like an agenda-driven piece, at times(to say what exactly I'm referring to would be revealing spoilers), and whether or not you agree with the message(if it is well-delivered, on the whole), well, there are other…
The original MTV animation celebrated a loose adherence to logic, willful obtuseness, as well as stylized violence (though not necessarily gore). In that sense, this linear live action recreation (it doesn't - or maybe fails to - aspire to adaptation) was an oxymoron from word one. For a generally bad idea, I think it is as good as it can be - coherent, but far shy of excellence. The actor who plays Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas), however, is perfectly cast. That's something.
possesses absolutely no redeeming features, and not a hint of the gratifyingly aggressive perversity you remember from the series
A nicely developed world, good plot.
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